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Monastic life, like all religious life, is above all a historical response and not a prefabricated model. The Spirit is constant and changing at once, like life, like history, and we must let it change us for this era. We ought not confuse stability with the rigidity of cadavers.
--Simon Pedro Arnold, OSB

2011 Fall/Winter Bulletin

Cover: The Lure of Mountain Lore

Introduction (pgs. 2 - 3)
"This edition of our bulletin chronicles some reflections evoked by an incredible gift—a trip to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park in the section of the Rocky Mountains that straddles the Canadian Province of Alberta and the US State of Montana . . . " more

The Other Side of the Mountain - brothers Placid and John (pgs. 4-5)
"The autumn retreat presented our community with an opportunity to view the world from the Other Side of the Mountain—to look beyond the limited horizon of immediate concerns, difficulties, and challenges, and to embrace the wider horizon of kinship with a wondrous world that embraces all, from foreigner to family, with care, recognition, and love . . . " more

Sent on a Journey - brother Elias (pgs. 6-7)
"In the Rule of Saint Benedict, chapters 50 and 51, we find wise counsel in regard to brothers who are sent on a journey . . . All twelve of us entered into a journey that was both challenging and richly rewarding in our understanding of who we are as a monastic community . . . " more

Poetry: In Praise of Apple Trees - brother Columba & brothers (pg. 7)
"What is it about this tree that causes you to wonder . . ." more poetry

Experiencing Grace - brother Michael (pgs. 8-9)
"Writing in the early mornings on the rock beach by the 7.5 mile long, 450 foot deep lake, I realized that words would not be able to convey everything in my heart. I offer two short poems with commentary to paint a heart-word-picture . . ." more

Water: Bearer of Wonder - brother Mark (pg. 10)
"With the late summer passage of "Irene" many of us experienced the great power of gushing water overwhelming everything in its chosen path . . . one can experience this same force with a peaceful and inspired heart, as we did in September in the Waterton Lakes National Park . . . " more

Stopping Short, Being Part, Finding Joy - brother Peter (pgs. 11 - 13)
". . . monks and nuns hear . . . a call to live humbly in the present, to value our common life more than the triumphs that distinguish, and then rank, winners and losers. On our visit to the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park which straddles the Alberta-Montana border, two such stories played themselves out . . . " more

A Deer Encounter! - brother Robert (pgs. 14-15)
"It was another beautiful sunny day as I walked leisurely into the town of Waterton. While I did a few errands, I hardly noticed one deer grazing on a lawn in the center of the village . . . " more

Glacier's Grace - brother Daniel (pgs. 16-17)
". . . We also are brothers to this wilderness, where the words of a song we sing at our common prayer resonate: "The wilderness will lead you to your heart where I will speak. . . " more

Life Together in One Heart - (pgs. 18-22)
Chronicle: May through November 2011
"The current edition of the Weston Priory Bulletin spans the seasons of planting, cultivating, and harvesting in this area of Vermont . . . our times are all quite extraordinary! . . . Our Chronicle offers just a summary of all that happens here at the Priory . . ." more

A Note of Thanks - (pg 23)
to our hosts in Alberta, Canada. more

A New Book that includes the story of Weston Priory - (pg. 24)
Review of Reverse Mission: Transnational Religious Communities and the Making of US Foreign Policy by Timothy A. Byrnes. more

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